YMMV / Foyle's War

  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite a 27-year age difference between the characters, 73 percent of Foyle’s War related fanfics found on FanFiction.Net as of the beginning of 2012 romantically pair Christopher Foyle and his driver Samantha Stewart.
  • Genius Bonus: Or at least a bonus for the musically literate. A piano piece that is heard several times in "Elise", associated with the episode's title character, is not identified beyond a remark that Ludwig van Beethoven is perhaps not a tactful choice given the war; it's Beethoven's Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor, "For Elise".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The effects of anthrax, in both its deliberate testing on livestock and its accidental spread to humans.
    • Also the coffin factory.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The show contains a near-hilarious amount of young British actors who went on to make Hollywood's A-list, particularly James McAvoy (who is best known for portraying the younger Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men Film Series), Rosamund Pike and Emily Blunt. Also featured are the fresh young faces of David Tennant, Sophia Myles and Tobias Menzies.
    • The show has also featured older, already well-respected actors who have since become more familiar to general audiences through higher-profile roles—most notably Charles Dance and Peter Capaldi.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • When Foyle begins deconstructing Reginald Walker in "War Games," the gold box from Germany is the linchpin. As soon as his narration voices over a flashback to his visit to a rabbi, you know that the box belonged to victims of the Holocaust—a Jewish family who used it to hold their prayer book before they were shot by the Nazis, and it was given as a sickening gift to a family who, according to Foyle's barrister friend, were more virulently anti-Semetic than even most Nazis.
    • All of Dr. Novak's plot in "Broken Souls."
    • The deterioration of Captain Kiefer's character, from his first appearance in "Invasion" to his return in "All Clear." The glimpses we get of how this happened don't help a bit.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: In "A Lesson in Murder", Foyle and Sam investigate a factory where one of the suspects works, which is heavily guarded and under tight government security. It turns out to be a factory run by the Ministry of Health for mass-producing wooden coffins to deal with the expected homefront casualties. You can almost see the anvils falling, but the effect is chilling.